The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running was released by Timex as direct competition to the Garmin Forerunner 210. The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch is stylish, sleek with fast satellite acquisition making it one of the best watches released by Timex so far. The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch is a must have for serious athletes and casual athletes who want more out of their training sessions. Click here to check the current price for Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS.
Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch for Running: Design
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running is an excellent training companion. The innovative ergonomic case design of the watch allows it to actually sit on the inside of your wrist. The sleek design of the Timex Ironman does not scream out ‘sports enthusiast’ though very subtly puts the point across.
In built GPS watches being bulky and chunky are now thing of the past. The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch has made in built GPS watches slimmer and more stylish for even everyday use. It is an addition to the normal looking GPS watches available in the market.
The bevel of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch is surrounded by five buttons namely, INDIGLO, mode, display, start/stop and set. The bevel also has a start/split button for easy lap and split timings.
Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch for Running: Usability
Like every watch released by Timex the appeal factor lies in the usability of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running. It is an extremely easy to use revolutionary running watch. The buttons of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS are big enough to be used easily while wearing the heaviest of gloves in cold weather.
The innovative ergonomic case design of the watch allows easy viewing of the display preventing any need for you to twist your wrist around to view all the information on the display.
The strap of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch and the heart rate strap are extremely comfortable to wear without constricting your breath or movement.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running, once out of the box, is extremely easy to set up and customize to your liking.
Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch for Running: Features
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running was built with the runner in mind.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch comes with different modes.
A tap on the lower left hand button allows you to access and switch modes. With modes like the CHRONO mode you can customize almost 3 pages of display each having about 3-4 lines of information. The change in modes and their settings can also be easily done with the Timex Device Agent Software.
The interval mode allows you to setup an interval workout. Interval workouts can range from simple to complex. The basic interval workout would include warm up, main set and cool down. The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running allows you to set five main sets each set having its own parameters. You can then specify the parameters of warm up and cool down separately.
The timer mode is essential to every running watch. The timer in the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch can be configured to repeat after the set time or simply switch to the CHRONO mode. You can also configure the watch to remind you to switch between modes half way through your training.
The recovery mode monitors your heart rate and other stats while you are recovering from an activity. It is an important feature for recording heart rate while resting. All you need to do is set the rest time, strap on the heart rate strap and let the watch record your heart rate.
The review mode of the Timex Run Trainer GPS watch for running allows you to go through past stored training sessions. In this mode you can get the details such as laps and split times for any training session store in the watch. This mode also displays details like cadence, average time across sessions, total time taken for each session, distance, speed, heart rate, etc.
This mode lets you customize the watch according to your convenience. You can configure heart rate training zones, fitness goals pertaining to speed, distance or time, metric units and personal details like age, height and weight. This mode also allows you to change the recording rate interval and smoothen out any jumpiness observed in the GPS tracking.
Hands Free Start/Stop and Splits:
If you are training within city limits that require you to start and stop frequently due to traffic you can automatically pause the recording on the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch. The watch allows you to set lower and upper thresholds for speed. In case you cross the lower threshold the watch pauses till you come back into the set speed zone to start again.
You can also set the lap splits in terms of distance like 1 mile or time like 30 minutes or 1 hour.
The GPS sensors of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch are extremely powerful and hook up to the satellites in a matter of seconds. The GPS tracking is also extremely accurate. We checked against the distance reported on the watch against multiple online map sites.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch has the classic INDIGLO backlight of Timex. The watch has a dedicated button for the backlight for easy viewing in dark conditions. The only drawback of the backlight feature is that you cannot adjust the time the backlight stays on. This is helpful during the winter when running in the dark as you don’t always get an extended look at your watch. So, it would be nice to have it on a few seconds longer.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch can be used as a normal watch for non-training periods. In the regular watch mode the dial displays the date and time. A variety of different alarms can also be configured which can be set to buzz daily or on specific days.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running can be connected to your computer and software such as TrainingPeaks, which can be used to schedule or improve your training sessions.
The Timex Run Trainer GPS watch is compatible with the ANT+ heart rate strap and foot pod.
Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch for Running: Summary
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running is bound to surprise you with the sheer number of features it packs in itself. This watch has everything that a casual or serious runner could ask for. What we like most is the simplicity of the user experience. Timex has definitely done their research with runners when building the Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch for running.